30,000 Indians volunteer Registered to defend the Holy Shrines against the ISIL Terrorists


Indian Shia submit Passport for Travel to Iraq to save the Holy ShrinesJNN 01 July 2014 Delhi : Thousands of Shia Muslims in India have volunteered to go to Iraq to protect Shia holy shrines and provide humanitarian aid as radical Sunni militants have captured a major part of the country in their rampage towards Baghdad, killing at least 1,300.

Amid the spreading insurgency in Iraq, where the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS, ISIL) terrorists are pushing government forces from cities and towns, Indian Muslims spearheaded by a religious organization are recruiting volunteers pledging to protect Shia holy shrines in the country.

Over 20,000 people – ranging from engineers to students and police officers – have already signed up for the task and filled out documents for visas to Iraq, said Hasan Haider, an executive member of the Shia NGO Anjuman E. Haideri, as cited by The Times of India on Thursday. According to a report by The India Express on Wednesday more than 100,000 people have registered at the NGO to travel to Iraq.

The organizers have stated that their aim is not to respond with violence, but to provide relief and medical aid, as well as to protect their holy sites.

“We could travel to Iraq to form a human chain to save people from being tortured. We could fetch water and donate blood and do anything to save our shrines,” said Syed Bilal Hussain Abidi, a senior member of the group as quoted by Reuters.

Haider said that the group will not participate in fighting. “We will not respond to terror with terror,”he told local media.

The Indian Muslims have also denounced ISIS (ISIL) terrorists saying that their mission is not sectarian but against terrorists.

“They aren’t Muslims. Jihad means to defend. Jihad doesn’t mean to kill,” said Syed Bilal Hussain Abid.

The group have prepared signs reading: “It’s not Shias vs Sunnis (it’s) Iraqis vs Terrorists”.

The leaders of the Shia NGO are reportedly planning to march to the Iraqi embassy in New Delhi on Friday to deliver the forms. However, it is not clear whether the volunteers will be granted visas, as India’s foreign ministry has said it will not allow its citizens to go to Iraq for security reasons.

The registrations began following a protest held in Delhi last week condemning terrorism in Iraq, local media reported. The protest was organized by Shia groups and attended by more than 400 Shia Muslims from Delhi, Aligarh, Punjab and neighboring areas. They were joined by prominent Sunnis who voiced their solidarity in declaring the ISIS an un-Islamic terrorist organization.

The group has also floated a tender inviting India’s aviation industry to carry the thousands of volunteers to Baghdad in a short period starting from August.

“So far 25,000 people have volunteered for the Iraq mission. And we expect special rates from the aviation industry. Let us see what response our tender fetches us,” President of Anjuman-e-Haideri (New Delhi chapter), Ali Naqvi told Al Jazeera on Tuesday.

He said the volunteers were funding their journeys to Iraq and those unable to assemble money “will be funded by the organisation”.

The group members said the effort was not sectarian and rebels killing “innocent” civilians in Iraq needed to be stopped.

“We will go to Iraq come what may to defend our holy shrines, protect civilians from the ISIL brutes and treat the wounded. This is purely a humanitarian effort. The volunteers include Shias and Sunnis both. They are doctors, engineers and civil servants,” chief patron of Anjuman-e-Haideri, M Ali Mirza said.

He said the group would send more than 100,000 volunteers to Iraq to fight ISIL’s “terrorism” which, he said, could reach India too.

“As Indians we are against terrorism and we will fight it,” he said.

Islam is the second largest religion in India, making up about 15 percent of the country’s population, with about 177 million worshippers. Out of which about 55 million are Shia Poplulation of India.

ISIS militants’ advances are not showing any sign of abating as they have laid siege to half of Iraq on their way to the capital Baghdad. The militants have also vowed to march and capture the holy Shia sites of Najaf and Karbala south of Baghdad.

Najaf is considered to be the center of Shia political power in Iraq and the third holiest city of Shia Islam. Karbala is amongst the holiest cities for Shia Muslims alongside Mecca and Medina, while millions of worshipers from around the world visit annually to remember the martyrdom of Imam Hussein a.s .

The Anjuman-e-Haideri, headquartered at the Dargah Shah-e-Mardan in Jorbagh in south Delhi, has distributed registration forms, and claims over a lakh have already signed up to protect the shrines.

The group has also floated a tender inviting India’s aviation industry to carry the thousands of volunteers to Baghdad in a short period starting from August.

“So far 25,000 people have volunteered for the Iraq mission. And we expect special rates from the aviation industry. Let us see what response our tender fetches us,” President of Anjuman-e-Haideri (New Delhi chapter), Ali Naqvi told Al Jazeera on Tuesday.

He said the volunteers were funding their journeys to Iraq and those unable to assemble money “will be funded by the organisation”.

The group members said the effort was not sectarian and rebels killing “innocent” civilians in Iraq needed to be stopped.

“We will go to Iraq come what may to defend our holy shrines, protect civilians from the ISIL brutes and treat the wounded. This is purely a humanitarian effort. The volunteers include Shias and Sunnis both. They are doctors, engineers and civil servants,” chief patron of Anjuman-e-Haideri, M Ali Mirza said.

Ali Mirza, the chief patron of Anjuman-e-Haideri, said: “We started registrations about 10-15 days back just as tension broke out in Iraq. More than one lakh people have registered but our target is 10 lakh, which should not be difficult to get, given the commitment of the country’s 5-6 crore Shia population. We will go to Iraq under the leadership of Maulana Kalbe Jawad. He is travelling right now, but the moment he comes back we will get in touch with the Iraqi ambassador and apply for visas. Every

person will pay for his own trip, they are going there because we cannot let terrorism destroy our sacred shrines.”

Maulana Kalbe Jawad, a prominent Lucknow-based Shia cleric and scholar, is currently in Iran, and could not be reached for a comment. He was expected to return in a day or two.

He said the group would send more than 100,000 volunteers to Iraq to fight ISIL’s “terrorism” which, he said, could reach India too.

“As Indians we are against terrorism and we will fight it,” he said.

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3 thoughts on “30,000 Indians volunteer Registered to defend the Holy Shrines against the ISIL Terrorists

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  2. LET THEM GO , IF I WAS NOT TOO WEAK , INFIRM , TOO OLD , WOULD HAVE FIRST TO VOLUNTEER BUT MY DOAS ARE FOR ALL THOSE MUJAHEDEEN ,THE REAL MUJAHDEEN THAT THEY SHOULD ATTAIN WIN AND DRIVE AWAY ALL THE
    ELEMENTS OF KUFR O NIFAQ , KUFFAR WA MUSHREKEEN IN THE GARB OF ISLAMIC KHILAFAH , LONG DEAD .
    THE REAL KALIFATUL MUSLEMEEN WA MOMENEEN DO EXIST IN OCCULTATION , LET ALLAH HASTEN HIS APPEARANCE .

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